We had Zelda's IEP today. Zelda is in the 3-year-old preschool disabled classroom. I am not saying anything negative about her school, because I love the team of people that work with her. It's the IEP process that I have some concerns with.
What I would like to see is a copy of a working copy of IEP's given out to parents possible a week or more before the IEP meeting. I know some people would say that this creates more work for teachers, but really they have to write it, anyway.
When I came to this IEP I felt for lack of a better word dumb. This was not the fault of the school district. I read over Zelda's old IEP and her progress report before the meeting. I came with questions I wanted to ask at the meeting based on the goals and objectives set forth in her original IEP. I felt prepared.
There were some objectives that Zelda had not made based on her progress report, and I had questions prepared based on that report. The problem was that now she has reached those goals and there were not new goals.
I would have liked to know the new goals ahead of time. I wanted to ask about different ways I could help Zelda at home. So that both home and school were on the same page.
I felt this way through most of the meeting, but my shock came when they talked about where they wanted to place Zelda for next year. When Zelda started school in October, they talked about putting in the inclusion 3-year-old room in December. Then it was the end of the year. Then it was to let her transition in a summer program. Then she was going got to go there the following year. Now they say they want her to go to the preschool disabled 4-year-old class. I mean, did I miss something. It dumbfounded me. I mean if I knew that that is what they were planning I could have been better equipped to ask questions. Is Zelda not doing as well as we all had thought?
I know I have so many questions and it frustrates me because I had the entire IEP team there this morning and was given new information and no time to process it. Now I have questions.
Its not just this school district. From what I can see all school districts do the same thing. I have been told that legally 7 to 10 days after the IEP meeting the parents are supposed to get a copy of the IEP. Wouldn't it have been much better if 7 to 10 days before parents received a working copy. I mean there are parents who care and want to work with the school. We are not the enemy. If we both wants what is best for our children, they we should both be on the same page. Maybe the law needs to be changed.